Have you had all the pieces and failed to put the puzzle together? Did you have an ah-ha moment when someone explained it to you? Once it was explained, did those pieces make sense? Would you like to have the pieces put together to understand the life of Jesus?
We gather pieces of information throughout our lives. Some pieces fit nicely together while others seem to be out of place. We often put the pieces together that fit in an attempt to see the bigger picture. We may try to gather additional pieces of the puzzle to help us understand.
Many decisions are made based on incomplete information. Corporate leaders make decisions this way. Military leaders do as well. We even do this within our families. We may find ourselves in situations in which we need to make a decision based on partial information. The best we can do is look at the pieces we have and make the best decision based on those.
There were people that were at a loss when Jesus was crucified. They thought the Messiah would be a king that would bring Israel back to prominence. They had the pieces from prophecy but failed to put them together correctly. Jesus met a couple of men in just this state of wonderment on the road to Emmaus. Once He explained the prophecies, they had their ah-ha moment. They understood how the pieces fit together.
Unfortunately, there are many people in our world today who have not put the pieces together. All the pieces are available. We call them, collectively, the Bible. We can read it. We can put the pieces together. Yet many in this world never open it despite it always being the best-selling book. I can only imagine Jesus saying the same thing to many of us as He said to the two men He met on that road nearly two-thousand years ago.
I pray we all take time to read our Bible. I pray we study it and put the pieces together. I pray each one of us desire to understand the story God has put in our hands and spend time doing so. Read the Bible. Study the Scriptures. Put the pieces together. Understand God’s story. Increase your knowledge. Increase your faith.
Luke 24:25-27 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.